Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Wedding
Rhinebeck, New York
July 31, 2010
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were married at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York on July 31, 2010. The 6 p.m. ceremony was held on the lawn overlooking the Hudson River.
Among the 400 guests in attendance were Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Warren Buffett, and former Democratic national committee chairman Terry McAuliffe.
The bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, former President Bill Clinton, wearing a Vera Wang ivory strapless gown featuring a silk tulle diagonally draped bodice and raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza ball skirt and train. Her waist was cinched with an embellished belt also by Wang. Her hair was pulled back and accented by a long traditional tulle veil by the designer.
She clutched a bouquet of gardenias by florist Jeff Leatham.
The 12 bridesmaids wore Vera Wang strapless bias cut lavender chiffon gowns with a side drape and contrasting plum bow.
The groom wore a custom-made wool and mohair tuxedo by Burberry with a freesia boutonniere.
The interfaith wedding ceremony (Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish) was officiated by Rabbi James Ponet and Reverend William Shillady. The couple said their vows underneath a chuppah covered in willow branches, roses and white hydrangeas.
Friends and relatives read the customary Jewish Seven Blessings and another shared a poem by Leo Marks called “The Life That I Have” that was used as “poem code” during World War II. At the conclusion of the vows, Mezvinsky took part in the Jewish ritual of breaking the glass.
Following the nuptials, a reception was held inside a windowed tent erected for the occasion. The Jimmi Valli orchestra started off the party with big band tunes and the bride changed into a Vera Wang Grecian-inspired gown with a black ribbon belt at the waist and criss-cross straps at the back.
St. Regis Hotels and Resorts prepared the dinner menu which included grass-fed short ribs, Atlantic char, risotto and gluten-free dinner rolls (for the gluten-intolerant bride).
The couple choreographed a tango routine for their first dance to the classic Etta James song “At Last.” Later in the evening, Chelsea and her father danced the father-daughter dance to “The Way You Look Tonight.”
For dessert, La Tulipe created an eleven-tiered 500 pound gluten free chocolate cake covered with 1,000 edible white sugar flowers.
An after-party then took place on the tennis courts and a DJ played 80′s music and top-40 hits until 4:30 a.m.
At the end of the evening, guests took home gift bags which included a bottle of local Clinton Vineyards wine, a box of chocolates, pastries from the local Wild Hive Farm Store, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.